That's right, folks! There's been a a big surge of upcoming merch and a lot of it looks pretty interesting! Today, we'll be discussing a bit of what's coming out or has already hit shelves!
First, we have the Ken Akamatsu Art Book! Yes, you can finally own a book containing Akamatsu's various works of art over the years, including A.I. Love You, Love Hina, Mahou Sensei Negima, and UQ Holder! Whether it goes into art outside those series is unknown, but if you're a fan of the author, I certainly wouldn't miss it. This book is coming out October 5th.
Next is the UQ Holder Official Guide & Encyclopedia! While not many details have been shared about the book's contents, it should contain various info that was not present in the manga and I have been told it talks a bit more about the factions outside UQ Holder. This is coming out October 6th.
While the newest cover has yet to be revealed, the upcoming issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine will be printing and releasing an exclusive pactio card with the volume. This card is going to feature Kuromaru, but unlike the card that was just released, it'll feature the female version of the card! If you're one who collects the cards, you may not want to miss snagging one. The issue is set to release October 7th in Japan.
Lastly, we have special Negima/UQ Holder bookmarks being include in volumes of the manga as promotion for the anime. There are two different kinds, regular and stand-up kinds. We're still working on getting better pictures, but those are available in Japanese stores now.
There's a lot of great stuff coming out and we're excited! Are you looking forward to any of these? Planning on buying any? Please let us know!
October 1, 2017
UQ Holder News: Volume 16 & 17 Limited Edition Manga's Announced, Each coming with New OAD's!
That's right! With the premiere of the anime just around the corner, it has been announced that there will be two more OAD's to add to your watch-list. Skipping over 15 for the time being, volumes 16 & 17 will include their own specials episodes that will contain stories that will not be shown in the main anime series.
Volume 16 will go over the story where Kirie and Touta ruin Kirie's save point and halt the flow of time. There hasn't been much released about the following issue, but we'll be sure to announce the plot soon enough.
Volume 16 will be released December 18, 2017 and volume 17 will come out March 26, 2018. Though a limited edition for volume 15 has not yet been announced at this time, that's due for an early release, hitting stores November 9th of this year.
So, what do you think? Are you excited, have an idea as to what the other episode could be about? Let us know!
It was recently announced that UQ Holder's anime is going to be licensed by Sentai Filmworks in English. The series will be available on Anime Strike.
For those who are unfamiliar, Anime Strike is Amazon's anime network for Prime members. With the additional price of $4.99 a month (after a 7-day free trial), members can watch series soon after they air in Japan.
While there is no word on whether there will be a dub or not, with Funimation not owning the rights to Negima's sequel, it's certainly possible that voices could change hands. However, many voices that starred in Negima's anime series have worked with both companies, so there's always that.
Are you happy Sentai holds the license? What are your thoughts on Anime Strike or the potential dub? Let us know!
September 26, 2017
Merchandise News: UQ Holder Happy☆Material CD Cover Revealed
While the CD was announced a little while ago, the cover to the new UQ Holder Anime CD was recently revealed, featuring the cast of singers. The disc has two tracks, featuring both the opening and ending theme.
Tracks: 1. Happy☆Material 2. Steady→GO!!
Yuka Takakura, Yuuki Hirose, Ai Kayano, Yui Ogura, Sayaka Harada, and Akari Kito are the featured singers, the voices of Touta, Kuromaru, Kirie, Karin, Shinobi, and Mizore respectively.
What do you guys think of the cover? Are you excited about the new version of the opening? Let us know!
September 22, 2017
Fanart: Just Be You
Hello there, fellow fans! Today, I offer you a fresh batch of some delicious fanart!
As always, a big thanks to all those who submitted! Please consider contributing fanworks of your own! If you happen to have any Negima or UQ Holder art, fanfics, music, wrote a theory, etc., consider submitting it and have your work featured here! It may take a little while to appear on the site, but it is sure to in the future! We love fan content and it's the heart of the community, so please consider submitting something!
Wow! Last week, the first look of UQ Holder's up and coming anime was released in form of the OAD and I have to say, it looks pretty good! Have you seen it? Also, that last chapter of UQ Holder!! Has it re-sparked your interest in the series? If so, consider showing your love by submitting!
As always, a big thanks to all those who submitted! Every week we have fan content to show is a good week in our books! If you happen to have any Negima or UQ Holder art, fanfics, music, wrote a theory, etc., consider submitting it and have your work featured here! It may take a little while to appear on the site, but it is sure to in the future! We love fan content and it's the heart of the community, so please consider submitting something!
UQ Holder News: New Anime TV Trailer Released! Other Bits of News!
Earlier today, this new trailer for the anime series was released, showing animation from both the upcoming TV release and from the OAD. The trailer focuses primarily on the first chapter of the manga and introduces the main cast as well as their voices.
This is also the first time we are hearing the newly revised Happy☆Material, the opening theme song UQ Holder will adopting, sang by the new cast. The same voices will be lending their talents to the ending theme as well, Steady→GO!!.
In addition, Volume 14 of UQ Holder was released today, including the OAD included in the limited edition. Besides the new hot spring bit, there's also a new scene included when Dana finds young Evangeline that was not printed in the manga. The OAD also brings back a song from Negima's first anime series as its ending, To The Shining You, also performed by the new cast. We'll be updating with screenshots from the OAD, so look forward to that!
Also, if you can recall, we discussed how the limited edition release would also include a pactio card. It was confirmed today that the character appearing on it is none other than Kuromaru!
My, there's been no end to the news coming out recently and we're thrilled about it! So, what do you guys think? Are you thinking about picking up Vol. 14? What do you think of the new trailer? Let us know!
September 8, 2017
UQ Holder News: Black Cat's Wiz PC & UQ Holder Collaboration!
That's right! UQ Holder is collabing with another online game in lead up to the anime! This time they're pairing with the Japanese online RPG, Black Cat's Wiz PC, a game that relies on quizzes. There will be several characters to add to your party as spirits, including Touta, Kuromaru, Yukihime, Karin, and Kirie.
There will be log-in bonuses and limited time events, featuring series exclusive items. There will also be a story-based event and a raiding quest. There will be special prizes for these events not available in the game's gacha.
The log-in bonus and story event last until September 5th - 19th while the raid event goes on from September 12th - 18th.
This collaboration doesn't last long, unfortunately. The collab with Alteil Chronicle is also ending this month, but if you don't get the chance to check the games out, we'll be sure to cover the info, so be on the lookout for that.
What do you think of these collabs? Are you planning on checking them out before they're gone? Let us know your thoughts!
Early promotional images were released of the upcoming OAD, revealing more shots of the hot spring and Kitty and Touta's meeting. It's not a whole lot, but it's pretty neat seeing the scenes in color. The good news is that the OAD releases in only a few days, releasing on September 8th in UQ Holder Vol. 14 Limited Edition set.
In other news, the second character popularity poll was conducted and this time, the numbers are far closer together. The top five popular characters are as follows:
Kuromaru with 213 votes
Kirie with 97 votes
Touta with 83 votes
Karin with 77 votes
Asuna with 65 votes
Kuromaru comes from the middle and takes the top spot, successfully beating Kirie's high number. Yukihime was knocked from the numbers and was replaced with the ambitious redhead, Asuna herself.
So, what do you think? Are you as hyped for the OAD as I am? What do you think of the popularity polls? Let us know!
September 6, 2017
Fanart: You Look, But Do You See?
The new chapter of UQ Holder should be coming out this week, as should the anime OAD. I'm pretty excited to see what comes of both! Let's start the hype with another edition of fanart!
Also, a huge thank you to all those who submitted and seriously, thank you all for being so supportive of the site! It really is appreciated! If you happen to have any Negima or UQ Holder art, fanfics, music, wrote a theory, etc., consider submitting it and have your work featured here! It may take a little while to appear on the site, but it is sure to in the future! We love fan content and it's the heart of the community, so please consider submitting something
UQ Holder News: More UQ Holder Anime Cast and Premiere Date Announced!
More cast today was announced for UQ Holder's upcoming anime! In addition, the premiere date has also been revealed!
The anime will first air at 12 AM on October 3rd on BS11, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and Tokyo MX, and will appear on tvk an hour later. The series will stream on GyaO! in Japan.
New cast include:
Ikkū Ameya - Tetsuya Kakihara Kakihara is a veteran voice actor and has many roles under his belt, some of his notable roles including Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail, Shin from Amnesia, and Kain Fuery from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Jinbei Shishido - Shunsuke Sakuya Sakuya has been in the voice acting business for some time and has appeared in a number of anime, video games, and dubs. Some of his work include Osamu Kashiwagi from the Yakuza series, Sakon and Ukon from Naruto, and Okuninushi from Noragami.
Gengorō Makabe - Yuuki Kaji Kaji is one of the most popular Japanese voice actors and has been many highly rated series. He has voiced Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan, Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia, and Meliodas from The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as so much more.
Jack Rakan - Rikiya Koyama Koyama is reprising his role as the ultimate cheat, Jack Rakan! A few other roles he has played are Joichiro Yukihira from Food Wars, Lord Death from Soul Eater, and Mamoru Takamura from Fighting Spirit.
Albireo Imma - Daisuke Ono Ono also reprises his role as the mysterious Ku:nel Sanders. This popular voice actor has also starred as Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!, Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler, and Erwin Smith from Attack on Titan.
Wow! The series is coming out in almost a month and to hold us off, we have the OAD coming out soon! This is exciting! So, what do you think of the cast thus far? Looking forward to the anime?
September 1, 2017
Site Update: We Now have a Subreddit!
So recently, we decided to move away from the forum, especially due to it being hosted offsite and instead made the decision to form a subreddit for our fansite. With this, we hope we can more thoroughly open up discussion between fans and it'll be easier to share interesting news, submit fanworks, and ultimately just converse.
Please consider visiting and we hope to see you there!
August 30, 2017
Fanart: Boys and Girls be Ambitious
For the past couple weeks or so, there's been a ton of news coming out and it's been great. Let's hope it continues! Until then, let's celebrate with a new fanart update! Thank you to all those who participated and submitted their work! If you happen to have any Negima or UQ Holder art, fanfics, music, wrote a theory, etc., consider submitting it and have your work featured here! It may take a little while to appear on the site, but it is sure to in the future! We love fan content and it's the heart of the community, so please consider submitting something!
If you remember correctly, for purchasing the first ten Negima Re-releases and sending in proof of purchase, you'd be sent a bonus item. Today, Ken Akamatsu revealed it to be an exclusive UQ Holder Fanbook. Though not a whole lot is known at this time, it was stated to be 40 pages and it will contain info that was not in the serial release. Hopefully, someone who earned it will fill us in with the info inside.
Did you earn it? Are you happy with the bonus? Let us known!
If you aren't familiar with the re-releases, Negima's manga is being released once again in omnibus, featuring brand new covers with the new UQ Holder art style.
On the final cover is the immortal queen of ice and master of Negi, the Dark Evangel, Evangeline A.K. McDowell.
This volume will be released September 8th!
So, with that, all covers have been revealed. I would have quite enjoyed seeing the entire class in the new art style, but what was released looks great. Are you happy about Evangeline appearing on the last cover? Which was your favorite?
August 28, 2017
UQ Holder News: UQ Holder! Vol. 14 Manga Covers Revealed
The new cover for UQ Holder's Volume 14 manga has been revealed and features Kirie front and center with Touta peering over from the back. Update: The uncensored cover for the limited edition version has also been revealed, featuring a far more risque cover. Whether future limited edition releases will have uncensored/altered covers is yet to be known.
Both versions will release on September 8th, 2017 in Japan.
So, what do you think of this new design?
August 25, 2017
Fanart: Fighting to Stay Alive
There's been a lot going on with the series recently and it's clear there's a lot leading up to UQ Holder's anime release in the next couple months. It's exciting to see! Let's continue to celebrate as fans with more fanart! Thanks so much to those who participated and submitted their work! If you happen to have any Negima or UQ Holder art, fanfics, music, wrote a theory, etc., consider submitting it and have your work featured here! It may take a little while to appear on the site, but it is sure to in the future! We love fan content and it's the heart of the community, so please consider submitting something!
The mobile game, Alteil Chronicle and UQ Holder are doing a collaboration in celebration of UQ's upcoming anime series. Characters and such from the series will appear in Alteil Chronicle.
Yukihime, Kirie, Karin, and Kuromaru will appear in the AC world and there will be limited-time story-related events involving Touta. Other content from UQ Holder will appear as well.
There was log-in bonuses through the month of August, giving player's UQ tickets that can be used in a Gacha-type game for exclusive bonuses. Just logging in between August 22 - September 19, 2017 will award you the Ice Queen herself, Yukihime.
It's pretty cool to see UQ Holder already being featured in a game and we'll definitely post more details about this when they come out. How do you guys like these designs? Do you know of this game is any good?
August 22, 2017
Merchandise News: Negima Blu-Ray BOX III Designs, Contents, & Bonuses Revealed
Boxes ! & II were revealed not too long ago and finally, we receive info the third and final box.
BOX III contains the Ala Alba and Another Wing OAD anime series, by Shaft, as well as the Negima! Anime FINAL movie. The CD's with songs pertaining to the series and movie. Also included is the Yue Extra Special OAD.
The images show the brand new artwork featured on the box and CD jacket. The booklet is fully colored, gives a brief description about each episode and contains an interview with Akeno Watanabe and Yuki Matsuoka (the voice actresses of Chachamaru Karakuri and Evangeline A.K. McDowell).
It contains 11 pactio cards, some of which are now being released for the first time without the gold foil design.
The two CD's include songs and opening themes from the OAD series and movie.
Order bonuses were also revealed. Just as before, depending where you order the box, an exclusive item will be included. Each box gets its own exclusive set of store bonuses
Sofmap: A4 Clear File Gamers: Acrylic Keychain Animate: Original Promotional Trading Card Amiami: Phone Card Chara-ani: B2 Tapestry Neo-Wing: A4 Portrait King e-SHOP: Negi & Class Pin Set (Students 20-31)
BOX III releases September 20th, 2017.
And with that, all boxes have been revealed! Wow, there's so many new items and these are quality box sets. I have to say, I'm a bit surprised the bulk of the seller's bonus items take art from the second anime series for this box rather than the OAD ones. So, what do you think? Which box was your favorite? Are they worth the price?
August 22, 2017
Merchandise News: Mahou Sensei Negima! Complete Blu-Ray BOX Bonuses Revealed
That's right! There's more bonuses to the anime boxes! By ordering all three boxes, you might have earned a completely new bonus item. Check below to see what each item pictured above is and which retailer is offering it. They're listed from left-to-right.
Amazon Japan: Complete Volume Storage Box SofMap: B2 Clear Poster Gamers: B2 Fabric Poster (with design drawn by Ken Akamatsu) Animate: Pactio Card Holder (design drawn by Ken Akamatsu) King e-shop: B2 Tapestry (Design by Ken Akamatsu)
Whether other retailers will offer exclusive items of their own is yet to be known. Keep in mind these will only be available while supplies last and they are subject to change before their release. Each retailer may have different conditions to obtain these bonuses, so be sure to check them out!
We'll be sure to cover any more bonuses and news about BOX III when it comes out!
So, did you order the boxes? Which bonus do you think is the best?